Valley Announces 2013 All-Conference Honors
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- The Missouri Valley Conference has announced the 2013 men's and women's tennis All-Conference teams, with representation from five different conference schools between the men's and women's selections. Student-athletes named to the All-Conference team were honored at the annual Missouri Valley Conference tennis awards banquet Thursday evening in Wichita, Kan., preceding the Valley Team Tennis Championship hosted by Wichita State University.

The Drake University Bulldogs captured the Missouri Valley Conference men's regular season title posting a flawless 5-0 conference season record.  Four individuals from Drake were named to the All-Conference team. Wichita State, entering the conference tournament as the No. 2 seed with just one conference loss this season, claimed a spot on the team in singles in addition to two doubles pairings. Student-athletes from Drake, Wichita State, Illinois State, and Southern Illinois were all named to the All-Select team on the men's side.

Drake's No. 1 singles player James McKie was named MVC Player of the Year, after recording an impressive 4-1 conference record this season.  Freshman of the Year goes to Wichita State's Tin Ostojic. Ostojic earned all-conference honors this season at the No. 1 doubles spot and finished Valley play with a 4-1 record in singles. The men's Coach of the Year honor goes to Drake University's Davidson Kozlowski in his first year as the Bulldogs' head coach. Kozlowski led his team to an unblemished 5-0 conference record and an impressive 23-2 overall season record.

The Wichita State women clinched the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title with a perfect 7-0 conference record, and will enter the conference championship as the top seed for the fifth year in a row. Wichita State claimed three singles spots on the all-conference team as well as two doubles pairings. Players from Northern Iowa, Drake and Evansville all received honors as well.  The All-Select team represents individuals from Creighton, Drake, Illinois State, and Southern Illinois, comprised of three top-flight players, two No. 2 singles players and a No. 3 singles player.

Northern Iowa's Phoebe Walker was selected as the women’s Valley Player of the Year for the first time, after registering a 15-3 overall, 6-1 conference record at No. 1 singles.  Freshman of the Year was rewarded to Rebecca Pedrazzi of Wichita State. Pedrazzi is also an all-conference performer, posting a flawless 5-1 conference mark at No. 1 singles this season for the Shockers. Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year is Southern Illinois' Audra Nothwehr. Coach Nothwehr led her team to a 6-1 mark in conference match play, and helped lead her team to one of their best finishes in recent years, going 17-4 overall.


2013 Men's All-Conference
The No. 1 singles all-conference honors and Player of the Year was awarded to James McKie of Drake University. McKie helped lead his team to a regular season conference championship, recording a 4-1 conference record and overall is 16-5 on the season.

Alen Salibasic of Drake has been selected to the All-Conference team at the No. 2 singles slot. Salibasic was 3-1 in conference play this season, and recorded a 17-5 mark in the regular season.

Drake's Robin Goodman claims the No. 3 singles selection. Goodman was an outstanding 19-2 on the year and put up an unblemished 4-0 mark in Valley play.

Jonny Rigby of Southern Illinois takes home the No. 4 singles position for the Salukis, recording a perfect 5-0 ledger in conference action and an impressive 14-3 overall record on the season.

Ben Mullis of Drake and Erick Reyes of Wichita State round out the singles selections, claiming the No. 5 and No. 6 spots respectively. Mullis ends the regular season with a perfect 4-0 record in conference play at No. 5, while Reyes also went undefeated (5-0) this conference season at No. 6 singles.

Tin Ostojic and Matheus Pereira of Wichita State University claimed the No. 1 doubles spot. The pair was a perfect 5-0 in conference match play this season and 18-3 overall.

Southern Illinois' Badr Cherradi and Jonny Rigby take home the No. 2 doubles honor, posting a 4-1 conference record. Wichita State's Tomislav Gregurovic and Guillermo Nicol (two-time selction) are the final doubles selection, recording an impressive 4-1 record in the conference this season.

Earning at-large spots on the Valley All-Select conference squad are Drake's Jean Erasmus, Illinois State's Erik Brunskog, Jakub Eisner, and Alexander Pelaez, Southern Illinois' Brandon Florez, and Wichita State's No. 2, Ilija Cuic.

NOTE: Tin Ostojic and Matheus Pereira of Wichita State were inadvertently omitted from the all-conference listing and announcement that occurred at the MVC tennis championship.


2013 Women's All-Conference Team
Phoebe Walker of Northern Iowa earned the league's No. 1 singles All-Conference honor and Player of the Year for the first time after posting an impressive 15-3 (6-1 MVC) record this season. 

Wichita State's No. 2 singles player, Julia Schiller, earned All-Conference honors at her respective position with a flawless 7-0 conference record.

The No. 3 singles position belongs to Lucia Kovalova who went 5-2 in conference action for the Shockers and an overall 9-11 record. Kovalova was the 2012 Freshman of the Year.

The No. 4 spot went to Maddie Johnson of Drake, and teammate Nell Boyd claimed the No. 5 position, both registering undefeated conference records.

Rounding out the singles honors is Wichita State's Carla Venticinque at the No. 6 spot. Venticinque is also unbeaten in conference play this season.

The No. 1 doubles All-Conference selection went to Natasha James and Marketa Trousilova of Evansville. The duo were 6-1 in Valley match play and 16-3 overall this season.

Wichita State's Carla Venticinque and Rebecca Pedrazzi claim the No. 2 doubles slot, finishing 11-4 (5-0 MVC) for the regular season. Satjaporn Mahajaroenkul and Montse Blasco Fernandez claim the final doubles All-Conference spot for Wichita State at the No. 3 position. This duo went undefeated in league play this season defeating all seven conference opponents.

Earning at-large spots on the Valley All-Select conference squad are top singles players Melanie Delsart of Southern Illinois, Emmie Marx of Illinois State, and Jennie Hartjes of Creighton. Rounding out the All-Select team are No. 2 singles players Evy Van Genechten of Drake and Natasha Tomishima of Southern Illinois along with Illinois State's No. 3, Carolina Abello.

The All- Conference team is comprised of one individual from each of the six singles flight classes, as well as three doubles teams from each of the doubles flight classes. In addition, six other individuals are chosen regardless of flight distinction and are named to an "All-Select" Team. Individuals earning selection to the All-Conference team via the flight-selection process are not eligible for the at-large select team. The All-Conference team is chosen by a vote of league coaches.

NOTE: Marketa Trousilova of Evansville and Rebecca Pedrazzi of Wichita State were inadvertently omitted from the all-conference listing and announcement that occurred at the MVC tennis championship.

 

2013 Valley Men's Tennis All-Conference

SINGLES
No. 1 – James McKie, Drake
No. 2 – Alen Salibasic, Drake
No. 3 – Robin Goodman, Drake
No. 4 – Jonny Rigby, Southern Illinois
No. 5 – Ben Mullis, Drake
No. 6 – Erick Reyes, Wichita State

ALL-SELECT TEAM
Jean Erasmus, Drake
Erik Brunskog, Illinois State
Jakub Eisner, Illinois State
Alexander Pelaez, Illinois State
Brandon Florez, Southern Illinois
Ilija Cuic, Wichita State
Tin Ostojic, Wichita State
Matheus Pereira, Wichita State

DOUBLES
No. 1 – Tin Ostojic/Matheus Pereira, Wichita State
No. 2 – Badr Cherradi/Jonny Rigby, Southern Illinois
No. 3 – Tomislav Gregurovic/Guillermo Nicol, Wichita State

Player of the Year:
James McKie, Drake

Freshman of the Year:
Tin Ostojic, Wichita State

Coach of the Year:
Davidson Kozlowski, Drake


2013 Valley Women's Tennis All-Conference

SINGLES
No. 1 – Phoebe Walker, Northern Iowa
No. 2 – Julia Schiller, Wichita State
No. 3 – Lucia Kovalova, Wichita State
No. 4 – Maddie Johnson, Drake
No. 5 – Nell Boyd, Drake
No. 6 – Carla Venticinque, Wichita State

ALL-SELECT TEAM
Jennie Hartjes, Creighton
Evy Van Genechten, Drake
Marketa Trousilova, Evansville
Carolina Abello, Illinois State
Emmie Marx, Illinois State
Melanie Delsart, Southern Illinois
Natasha Tomishima, Southern Illinois
Rebecca Pedrazzi, Wichita State

DOUBLES
No. 1 – Natasha James/Marketa Trousilova, Evansville
No. 2 – Rebecca Pedrazzi/Carla Venticinque, Wichita State
No. 3 – Montse Blasco Fernandez/Satjaporn Mahajaroenkul, Wichita State

Player of the Year:
Phoebe Walker, Northern Iowa

Freshman of the Year:
Rebecca Pedrazzi, Wichita State

Coach of the Year:
Audra Nothwehr, Southern Illinois